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Payne’s Picks

By Sarah Payne

Movies Release

Us – March 22nd – It’s been two years since Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out. The horror/comedy became an instant classic for its originality and groundbreaking commentary on race. Us is another horror flick, but it’s not necessarily about race, as Peele explained to Hollywood Reporter. “It is instead about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth. And that is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies,” he said. “I think that monsters and stories about monsters are one of our best ways of getting at deeper truths and facing our fears as a society.” The film centers on a vacationing family terrorized by a family that looks just like them.

HBO Review

Barry – My husband and I recently started an HBO GO subscription and realized how much great content we’ve been missing out on all these years. One show that instantly drew us in is Barry, a comedy that premiered last year starring Bill Hader as a hitman turned actor. The premise is completely ridiculous and the humor is very dry, which is why I think the show is so great. There’s one scene in the first episode where Bill Hader’s character tries to have a heart to heart with his new theater teacher. I still have residual chuckles just thinking about it. We haven’t made it through the first season yet, but it’s definitely worth a viewing if you’re looking for a lighter show.

Movie Review

Glass – I felt compelled to write about Glass after I found out it got only a 37% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you were a fan of M. Night Shyamalan’s prequels Split and Unbreakable, I recommend you give this film a shot. James McAvoy steals the show again as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 23 different personalities. Some critics have called his performance gratuitous, but I found him very entertaining. And you can tell McAvoy really enjoyed getting into character. His impression of a proper middle-aged woman is both hilarious and terrifying. One thing I could hardly wrap my head around is actor Spencer Treat Clark, who plays David Dunn’s (Bruce Willis) son. He was just a kid in Gladiator (2000) and Unbreakable (2000). Now he’s 31!

Netflix Review

Last Night – One reason I recently signed up for HBO GO is because of the less-than-impressive movie library on Netflix. It seems most of the content the company pushes these days are its own movies and shows. But one weekend last month I stumbled on Last Night (2010), a film starring Kiera Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Eva Mendes. Am I the only one who has no recollection of this one hitting theaters? It follows a married couple over the course of two nights, the first at a party together and the next night they spend apart while the husband is traveling. While it may be a bit slow-moving for some, I enjoy movies that portray marriage realistically and portray the meaning in small domestic moments. There’s no black and white, good or bad – there’s just two people in a relationship.

Music Review

thank u, next by Ariana Grande – I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I’m on a total Ariana Grande kick these days. She backed out of the Grammys because she didn’t feel she could express herself creatively. She was once caught on camera licking a donut and putting it back on a shelf to be sold. Let’s face it – she’s a bit of a princess. But her personal life is fascinating and she makes really fun pop music. Her latest album is no exception. She’s said that she doesn’t want to release music in a traditional, orchestrated way, which is why it’s only been five months since her last release, Sweetener. I like this album better. Some of my favorite songs are “bad idea,” “fake smile,” and “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.” That last one is classic princess Ariana in her element.